Mickael became a Godolphin jockey in March 2012 and is Godolphin’s principal rider in France.
Born in Lyon, France, Mickael hails from a racing background; his grandfather was a trainer and his uncle rode on the flat and over jumps. He joined premier trainer Andre Fabre as an apprentice jockey in 2009 and rode out his claim within the year with 72 wins.
Mickael registered his first win for Godolphin on Sabotage in the inaugural running of the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in 2010 and his initial Group One success for the stable followed when Wavering captured the Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp the next year.
Mickael shot to international prominence in June 2011 after a stunning victory aboard Pour Moi in the Group One English Derby at Epsom at the tender age of 19, and in doing so became the youngest jockey to win the premier British Classic race in 30 years.
2012 was a stand-out year for Mickael who partnered Monterosso to a scintillating victory in the Group One Dubai World Cup and he steered Encke to land a second British Classic win in the St Leger at Doncaster.
In 2015 Mickael recorded his second Group One victory for Godolphin in France when he rode the Andre Fabre-trained Territories to victory in the Prix Jean Prat over one mile at Chantilly.